Facebook representatives testify before parliamentary panel on social media abuse issue


NEW DELHI: Facebook India officials tabled the issue of misuse of social media platforms before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology on Tuesday.
Facebook and Google officials were called by a parliamentary panel chaired by Congressman Shashi Tharoor.
Facebook’s director of public policy for the country, Shivnath Thukral, and general counsel Namrata Singh testified to the panel on Tuesday.
The agenda of the parliamentary panel meeting is to protect citizens’ rights and prevent the misuse of social / online media platforms.
Previously, Facebook representatives informed the parliamentary panel that their company policy did not allow their managers to attend in-person meetings due to their Covid protocol.
But President Shashi Tharoor told Facebook that his officials will have to appear in person because the parliament secretariat does not allow any virtual meetings.
The parliamentary IT committee will also summon representatives from YouTube and other social media intermediaries in the coming weeks on the matter.
Representatives for Facebook and Google were called in days after Twitter officials testified before the panel.
At the last meeting, several panelists categorically told Twitter that the rule of the land is supreme and not the policies of the social media platform.


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